HK man builds life-size robot that eerily looks like Scarlett Johansson

  • A Hong Kong graphic designer created a life-size robot he modeled after a Hollywood star
  • He refused to admit, however, that his humanoid was inspired by award-winning actress Scarlett Johansson
  • He prefers to call his project ‘Mark 1’
  • The creator spent a year-and-a-half and $50,000 to build the functional robot

A 42-year-old graphic designer from Hong Kong is making headlines around the world for creating a life-size robot that eerily resembles the beautiful and award-winning Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson.

Ricky Ma admitted he modeled his humanoid project after a Hollywood star but refused to confirm it was Johansson, although the finished product could not deny its striking resemblance to the Lost in Translation star.

However, Ma said he prefers to call his humanoid ‘Mark 1’.

Ma spent a year-and-a-half building his robot which can move its limbs and change its facial expressions. It could even respond to the voice command when spoken through a microphone.

When complimented about her looks, ‘Scarlett’ would say ‘thank you’ and would give a wink and a smile.

While ‘Scarlett’ may not be the most advanced humanoid, the project costs Ma around $50,000.

A childhood dream

Ma said it had always been his childhood dream to build a functional robot.

“When I was a child, I liked robots. Why? Because I liked watching animation. All children loved it,” said the Hong Kong designer. (Click here to read more)

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